(Series 30, ep. 23) I was never really a fan of Sam Strachan when he was on Holby. To me he was just the junior heart surgeon who wasn’t Joseph Byrne, and very much a character I could take or leave.
Connie Beauchamp was quite fond of him at one stage, though, enough for him to be the father of her daughter Grace. This episode saw Sam’s girlfriend being rushed to Holby A&E in need of emergency life-saving surgery. Grace was with her, and Sam wasn’t far behind. Time hasn’t improved him – in fact, quite the reverse. He’s now an arrogant twonk, even allowing for the fact that he was worried about his girlfriend. In fact he was so horrible that Jacob Masters began to look so much more appealing in comparison. Connie told Jacob that Sam had excellent genes, which only goes to show that Connie has very poor taste.
A lack of suitable surgeons Upstairs made it necessary for Connie, Sam and Jac Naylor (imported from Holby more or less to have a couple of digs at Connie about Sam having a girlfriend, and then to tell Grace how proud she should be of Connie’s marvellousness) to do the surgery right there in the ED, as so often happens.
While all this was going on, Ethan and Cal were still at loggerheads about the mother-they-never-knew-was-theirs. They had to work together when Cal’s patient turned out to be the abusive ex husband of Ethan’s patient, but it didn’t really help the situation – Ethan has now informed Cal that he no longer considers him a brother.
At least someone had a happy Valentines Day, as Max realised his new girlfriend was just a clone of The Glorious Zoe Hanna. There is no substitute for the real thing, and luckily Zoe agreed and they ended up kissing. Blessikins.